As you might already know, we love Prague, but we couldn’t tell you that it is the only place worth visiting in Czech Republic. On the other hand, it is an ideal base for trips. So prepare yourself to set out and get know some of the amazing places which are located only a few hours drive from Prague.
This ancient silver mining town makes for a great day trip from Prague. It will take you over an hour to get there. Kutná Hora is one of the most historically significant town in Czech Republic and was once almost as important and rich as Prague! On visit to the city, make sure to visit Church of St. Barbara, dedicated to saint of miners. It is the silver mines, which made the city so important in the Middle Ages. There is a possibility to take a tour to the old mines - amazing, but not suited for claustrophobic:), if you do not feel like going underground you can also check out the mining museum. Another architectural gem is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist. These three historical jewels are listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is decorated with the bones of nearly 40.000 people. The scary part of it is that the ossuary is located in the underground part of the church.
About 60 kilometers north of Prague, you find a WWII concentration camp and Jewish ghetto. For Czechs, Terezín is a tragic symbol of suffering during the Holocaust. The town, initially founded in 1780 to protect Prague from attacks by the son of the Habsburg emperor Josef II. (he named the fortress after his mom Marie Terezie), was under German occupation, like the rest of the Republic, during WWII. Do not miss to visit Terezín Memorial, the only institution of its kind in Czech Republic. Terezin was supposed to be “the normal town” where Jewish population lived - but it was all just set up for the International Red Cross. The living conditions were terrible and most of the people found death there, or in other concentrations camps which they were sent later. The memorial commemorates the thousands of victims of the Nazi rule. In Prague, you can see an exhibition of children’s drawings from the camp, which were later found under one of the bunk beds in Terezin, and is now displayed at the Pinkas Synagog.
We should start with a bit of history here. When King Charles IV was hunting a deer, he found a spring and tasted the mineral water from a spring in the forest, he decided to establish a spa there. For the past 200 years, Karlovy Vary has been attracting people from all over the world. What should you not miss out on? Firstly, take a promenade along the colonnade and sample the water from the 12 springs. Do not forget to taste Becherovka, a herbal liqueur sometimes called the “13th spring”, whose recipe has been closely guarded for more than 200 years. The ideal place for sampling this liqueur is in the newly reconstructed cellars where Becherovka has been made for 143 years. Craving something sweet? Then tast spa wafers at the Grand hotel Pupp.
Karlštejn, the most famous of the Czech royal castles, was founded by Charles IV as a place for safekeeping the Czech crown jewels. As Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor, he personally oversaw the completion of the castle and decorations of the interiors. The best time to visit this fenomenal caste is during the great celebration of the wine harvest festival in the last weekend of September. If you want an unforgettable and more unique experience, let us help you book the second tour, which affords you a look at the incredible Chapel of the Holy Cross, where the crown jewels used to be held. There is also a rumor among Czechs that the castle was only intended for men, so the king could rest in peace when he came for a visit, but this is a lie. However, there is awesome movie about Karlštějn and its non-female zone “Noc na Karlštějně”. You can find DVD of this movie with the Czech subtitles without a problem.
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